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Arch Chemicals Expanding Global Biocides Manufacturing Capacity
Wednesday March 19, 6:02 pm ET

NORWALK, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Arch Chemicals, Inc., the worlds most comprehensive biocides supplier, is extending manufacturing capabilities for key biocide products and intermediate ingredients in China, the U.S. and Ireland to serve growing demand worldwide in the Preservation & Protection and Health & Hygiene markets.

With global demand at near-record levels for Arch biocides used in a variety of health & hygiene and industrial applications, we are expanding biocides capacities on three continents, said Louis S. Massimo, Arch Chemicals Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. We believe it is essential to have manufacturing and customer-support facilities in place wherever our major customers do business.

To satisfy rapidly growing demand in China for Archs antidandruff agent, Arch is building a new, state of the art, manufacturing facility in Suzhou, China, with start-up expected in late 2008. The Companys zinc Omadine® is the worlds most popular antidandruff agent, which reflects its combination of high antimicrobial efficacy and safety. New laboratory and technical customer-support facilities to support this new manufacturing facility and regional customer needs are expected to be completed in 2008.

In early 2008, Arch also successfully started up a new copper and zinc Omadine® powder drying and milling facility at the Suzhou complex to support growth in the marine paint sector.

Archs biocides manufacturing facilities in Rochester, New York and Swords, Ireland are also expanding capacities to insure adequate worldwide supply of the key intermediate 2-Chloropyridine (2-PCl) and Omadine® finished products for regional consumption.

Arch is currently doubling 2-PCl manufacturing capacity at its Rochester, New York location, already the worlds largest 2-PCl production facility. 2-PCl is the key intermediate used to produce the Companys zinc, copper and sodium Omadine® biocides. These biocides are tailored for use in antidandruff shampoos, marine antifouling hull paints, metalworking fluids, and building products such as wallboard, ceiling tiles and paints and coatings, where they deter the growth of mold and mildew.

Headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut (USA), Arch Chemicals, Inc. is a global Biocides company with annual sales of approximately $1.5 billion. Arch and its subsidiaries provide innovative, chemistry-based solutions to control the growth of harmful microbes. The Companys concentration is in water, hair and skin care, treated wood, paints and coatings, building products and health and hygiene applications. Arch Chemicals operates in two segments: Treatment Products and Performance Products. Together with its subsidiaries, Arch has approximately 3,000 employees and manufacturing and customer-support facilities in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa.

Source: Arch Chemicals, Inc.

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